Our Workers Compensation Lawyers Assist Injured Clients in New Jersey
Seeking the maximum possible benefits for injuries sustained while on the job
In the past, a severely injured worker might have little means to afford medical care and to pay bills while out of work. In addition, the worker might be fired if disabilities prevented the person from performing essential job tasks.
The current workers compensation program protects workers from these harsh consequences of an on-the-job injury. However, maneuvering through the bureaucratic process can make it difficult for you to exercise your rights under the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development system but our attorneys have published an overview of the workers' compensation benefits in New Jersey.
Seigel Law has assisted injured workers since we formed our firm in 1976. Because we focus exclusively on injury recovery, our lawyers are able to maximize compensation for workers injured in on-the-job accidents throughout Ridgewood, Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton. Our team guides you through the process to help you seek the benefits to which you are entitled. We thoroughly answer your workers compensation questions and keep you apprised of the status of your case until the matter is resolved.
Understanding the workers compensation system
Most New Jersey employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This no-fault insurance policy allows you to obtain benefits regardless of who was to blame for your workplace accident. Because negligence is not at issue, you do not have to wait until the conclusion of a prolonged, expensive trial to collect the money you need for medical care and lost wages. Instead, you are entitled to promptly receive crucial funds when you need them, and your job remains protected while you recover from your injuries. In return, you waive your right to sue your employer for damages in most cases.
Depending on the individual facts of your accident or illness, you may be entitled to these types of workers compensation benefits:
Typically, you receive biweekly payments. However, your employer’s insurance company may offer you a workers compensation lump sum settlement. Our attorneys advise you on whether to accept the settlement or continue collecting your biweekly payment.
Pursuing your rights after your workplace injury
You should report a work-related injury or disease as soon as possible. Failure to do so can jeopardize your claim, especially if your reporting delay interfered with your employer’s opportunity to investigate an accident or dangerous workplace condition. Once you notify your employer of your medical issues, your employer is obligated to file your claim within a specified time frame.
You may also consider filing a lawsuit against a negligent person or corporation responsible for your injuries. Our personal injury trial lawyers assist you with your third-party liability lawsuit while we handle your workers compensation claim.
Returning to work
When your doctor determines that you have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI), you are authorized to return to work. Your doctor may recommend that your employer assign you to light duty or another position that accommodates disabilities. Our attorneys fight the MMI designation if you are not physically ready to return to work after your injury or illness.
Recover after a workplace accident
Seigel Law protects workers’ rights to injury compensation throughout northern New Jersey. Call our workers compensation attorneys at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. We make appointments at our Ridgewood office, in your home or at the hospital if your injuries affect your ability to travel to our office. Through our contingency arrangement, you are not responsible for paying lawyer fees unless we recover benefits on your behalf.